100 minutos con H. potin

100 Minutes with H.Potin and Anatxu Z.


Simon organised a series of talks on aspects of business, design and technology. The talks by architect Hervé Potin and journalist and architectural expert Anatxu Zabalbeascoa took place as part of Simon’s centenary celebration, during the “100 minutes with” sessions.


Born in Orléans in 1972, Hervé Potin founded the prestigious architectural studio Guinée Potin with Anne-Flore Guinée in 2002. Since then, his projects have been finalists in the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award on several occasions. He now works as a lecturer at the School of Architecture of Nantes.

In his talk, titled “Texture Flows Context”, the French architect discussed four of his most prestigious projects, some of which were finalists of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe awards.


Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, a journalist and historian, is the design and architecture expert at the El País newspaper. She has authored more than a dozen works, including: The New Spanish Architecture (Rizzoli, New York, 1993), Vidas construidas, biografías de arquitectos (GG, 1998), the essay “Minimalismos” (GG, 2000) and, most recently, Todo sobre la casa (GG, 2010). The exhibitions that she has curated include “Máscara y Espejo” (MACBA, Barcelona 1996), “Minimalismos” (MNCARS, Madrid 2001) and “Bilbao Project” (Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao 2012). She has also sat on the panel of judges of the Spanish Architecture Biennale, the Medalla de Oro de la Arquitectura, the Nacional de Diseño, the Nacional de Fotografía, the Nacional de Cataluña, the FAD, the awards of the City of Barcelona and the Architecture and Urban Development prizes awarded by Madrid City Council. In 2011, she received the Premio Maia Nivel, a prize awarded by the Basque-Navarre Professional College of Architects to architects for their contribution to architecture.

“Arquitectura para los próximos cien años” [Architecture for the Next Hundred Years] was the title of the talk by the architecture and design expert, in which she discussed some of the future trends in the sector.